Join Date: Jul 2015
Vehicle: 2001 SLK320
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In a former life, one of my colleagues was the trunk, and bonnet strut Engineer. As the production plant was in another state to the design team, we were always flying interstate for pilot builds, carrying the latest spec parts. The gas strut Engineer would go crazy as they would never let him on the plane with pressurised gas struts, as, " they were dangerous" so they went in checked luggage. ( how is that safer?) . So when you put your luggage in the overhead lockers what do you see, ? Yep, 2 identical gas struts for every overhead locker, !
But rules are rules.
I never attempted to carry my airbags, they went by courier. Do you think the courier drove them interstate.? No, bet they went by plane too. Still, not my worry then.
PS, forget every re-gasing struts. The reason they go bad is the gas leaks out, almost always because over time very small scratches occur on the polished rod, or tiny gaps/damage in the rubber seal caused by dust and grit and lots of cycles. If you re-gas the old struts, the new gas just leaks out through the same faults as before. Not worth the cost/trouble. Always go for new struts. One thing you can do is occasionally wipe the strut rods with a clean cloth to get the dust off. Costs nothing, can make the struts last longer.
I have three cars whose ages add up to 70 years! In the last few years I have replaced the trunk struts on all three. The easiest, quickest, most satisfying refurbishment one can do in a advert break! Should last me another 20 years!
Did my hatchback by myself. Popped one side off, hatch fell on my head. D'oh! Forgot how much work even dud ones do. Takes three hands to hold hatch unclip strut, remove strut. Bring a friend ! Fortunately no one saw my stupidity. Never told the missus. Secret men's business!